Meet our team


Celas Maya Online is part of the Celas Maya Spanish School located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
 

Our school is part of the select group of accredited Spanish Schools by the Cervantes Institute of Spain- the worldwide authority for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. This means that both our teaching and our facilities are in accordance with European standards. By combining the latest technology with the human skills of native and experienced teachers, we support students in optimal learning.
 

Celas Maya selects only highly qualified and experienced teachers,  all of whom have the examiners code of the Cervantes Institute. A select group of our experienced team of teachers have been specifically trained to teach Spanish classes online via Skype. The teachers are flexible and they adapt to the student's existing knowledge, learning abilities and preferences. In turn, this supports their desire to learn a new language quickly and accurately.


We are proud to introduce our team of trained, passionate and highly experienced online teachers and we are happy to offer you a Free Trial Lesson without any commitment!


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Julio Morales Cifuentes


My name is Julio, and I have been a Spanish instructor for almost 20 years now. I have worked in different language schools throughout the years and I have been a certified examiner for the Institute of Cervantes DELE program for 5 years now. Being an instructor of all levels in the online program of Spanish classes for more than 5 years has given me the opportunity to work with students at every level of proficiency, with different objectives and specializations. It has been a great experience and I enjoy all of the many aspects of my profession. Additionally, I have worked as an assistant guide of tourism with a special emphasis on traveling mountains and volcanoes, and teaching about the social and cultural themes of Guatemala. My background and professions have allowed me to enjoy all the beauty my country has to offer!

 


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Lucy Aracely Reyes


For the last 11 years I have been working as a professor of Spanish as a second language for. My goal for each of my students is for them to be able to communicate with fluency and comprehension within the full scope of the Spanish language. I utilize different methods and techniques to meet students' goals, whether working in person or in an online session. In order to improve my online teaching knowledge and skills I have taken additional courses from the University of Cervantes of Spain.


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Miriam Ixcaragua Velasquez


I was born in Guatemala City, the Capital of Guatemala, but at the age of 3 my family moved to the pleasant and much safer city of Quetzaltenango. I am the eldest of 4 siblings.

In 1993, I graduated from the University as a social worker. These studies filled me with great satisfaction and fond memories with my fellow students. I have a degree in social management and I have extensive experience in community work, especially in the Mayan communities.

 

I started to teach Spanish in 1990, which means that I have more than twenty years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language. In 2004 I joined Celas Maya as a team member. My work at Celas Maya has been very satisfactory due to continuing opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I have participated in many teacher training workshops which have improved my knowledge and skills as a teacher. I have also coordinated some University language programs. I am a certified examiner for the Institute of Cervantes DELE program and a member of the academic committee for Celas Maya. I have discovered that teaching Spanish- whether it is face-to-face or online- is my passion and that when I am teaching I am also learning. It is important for me to continue my training so that I can share my knowledge with students.


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Vivian Irene Martinez


For the last 19 years I have been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language and I have worked with students at all levels. I have a diploma from the teacher training school for secondary education at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala and am endorsed by The Ministry of Education, Guatemalan Tourism Institute and the Loyola Business school. I have studied agronomy and in 2001 received a teaching degree from the University of Rafael Landivar.

In addition to teaching Spanish online and in-person at Celas Maya, I am a member of the school's academic committee. The committee focuses on the innovation of teaching methodologies, resource materials and teacher trainings, which are ongoing endeavors. I am a professor at the University and I teach courses in Language, Communication Strategies, Ecology and the History of Guatemala.

 

I was born and have lived my whole life in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. I grew up in a time when there was no democracy in Guatemala. It was a confusing time to grow up and it took some time to answer the many questions on my mind. For me, this created a strong interest about the history of Guatemala. Additionally, I have an interest in environmental issues and I am involved in environmental education.

I am continually innovating my methods of teaching so that I can offer my students the greatest opportunity for learning success.


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Ronnaldo Alvarado Villatoro

 

Since 2001, I have been working at Celas Maya, first as an employee in the internet café and later as a teacher. In the beginning, I worked in both capacities, but my desire to teach Spanish grew and in 2005 I graduated as a Spanish teacher at the University of San Carlos, Guatemala.

In 2009, I received additional trainings in both Madrid and Granada, Spain for teaching Spanish. While in Granada, I worked for the customer service in a five-star hotel. After this, I went to London where I taught Spanish for awhile.

The things I love to do most are traveling and meeting new people, and learning and sharing my experience with others. It seems that I was born to serve customers and I apply that to teaching Spanish, whether it is face-to-face or online. When I get a smile of gratitude, I feel great!


 

Ana Cecilia Hernandez Garcia


I was born and raised in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala's second largest city. I completed all my studies in Quetzaltenango and I feel I have received a quality education at all levels- from primary, to secondary, to university level. I received my degree to teach Spanish as a second language for foreigners from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala.
 

Over the last 10 years I have developed as a Spanish teacher due to the many experiences I've had and continue to have with my students. Being a teacher at Celas Maya has given me many great experiences, helping me to learn a lot about different cultures and also the opportunity to share with others the history and culture of my beloved country. Teaching online makes it possible to teach Spanish without borders, so even if my student lives on the other side of the world, he or she still doesn't need to leave his or her house in order to take Spanish classes.
 

I have traveled to our neighboring countries of Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras. In addition, I have visited Europe. Traveling has made me appreciate and value my country and its citizens even more. Nowadays I live in Germany, which makes it easier to schedule my classes with European students.


Gladys Perez Carolina Xec


I was born in Cantel, a village close to Quetzaltenango. I received my primary education in Cantel, and continued my secondary education in Quetzaltenango. After this, I studied to be a primary education teacher at the Western Institute of Young Women, and graduated in 1999.
 

In 2000 I started my career as a primary school teacher in San Francisco El Alto, Totonicipan, where I worked for 4 years. At the same time, I studied at the University of Rafael Landivar and I received my degree in Teaching and Psychology in 2004.
 

After graduating from the University, I completed grammar courses in K'iche- an indigenous language spoken in the Quetzaltenango area. I completed a teacher training at Celas Maya, and I have continued to develop my education over the last few years with the help of Celas Maya´s workshops, seminars and courses for teachers. In total I have received about 35 diplomas from different courses and trainings.
 

Currently I work as a primary teacher in Zunil, and I am Spanish and K´iche teacher at Celas Maya-both at the school as well as online via Skype. Teaching online has added many opportunities to my career path, including being able to teach to people from around the world without the need for the student to travel or even leave the house!


Jairo García


My name is Jairo García. I have been a Spanish teacher for 8 years now and in addition to this I am a law student. As a Spanish teacher I have worked at many institutions, and now I am working at Celas Maya, where I have found many more opportunities to teach. Working at Celas Maya gives me the opportunity to work with students from all over the world, both face-to-face and online. I am hoping to be able to teach outside my country one day, since right now one of my goals is to study more about teaching Spanish in other socio-cultural environments. For me, languages are a way of getting to know the world and to get to know oneself. Teaching at Celas Maya gives me the opportunity to teach my language to people from all over the world, while learning many other things from them!


Julia Reyes Noelia Guerrero

 

I have been a teacher of Spanish as a foreign language for the last 10 years, with an emphasis on one-on-one and online classes. I am also specialized in managing interpersonal relationships and group work. I am very interested in professional development and new teaching methodologies. I received my diploma of recognition as a teacher of Spanish as a second language program for CSB / SJU Minnesota in 2008. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences degree and I am a teacher ELE. My level of English is intermediate (B1-B2) and I have received training workshops in Spanish grammar, Guatemalan culture, critical reading, essays and composition.


Amalia Grmajo 

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Byron Ixcaragua 

 


Gabriela Ferreira

 


Jorge Orosco

 

Tanya Sucely Díaz 

 


Yadira Ordoñez 

 Testimonials of our Students

Agnes Wu

Before coming to CELAS MAYA, I already completed two to three years of Spanish at a local community college, including one class in conversational Spanish. However, after learning all the grammar and vocabularies taught in the classroom, I still could not speak the language with any level of confidence. At that point, I decided to try online classes and see if it would be more effective.
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